Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "From conquest to co-existence: Burhān al-Dīn al-Marghīnānī's (d. 593/1197) re-interpretation of jihād" (Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 32 no. 2), Youcef L. Soufi (University of Toronto) takes issue with the mainstream view in scholarship that second/eight century Muslim jurists' conception of jihād was uniformly in support of continuous imperial conquest. In "Islam from the … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Islam and Data Science Roundup

In "Faith Among Black Americans," (Pew Research Center, 2021), Besheer Mohamed and his colleagues discuss the findings of a survey involving more than 8,600 Black American adults, according to which "3% belong to non-Christian faiths, the most common of which is Islam." In another recent study entitled "Large Majority of the Public Views Prosecution of … Continue reading Islam and Data Science Roundup

A “Jabri” madhhab of the early modern Sudan?

By Kristina L. Richardson Given the centuries of exposure to northern African Islamic thought like Khārijism, Ibāḍism, and Mālikism, could sub-Saharan Muslims have established an indigenous, perhaps syncretic, Islamic legal school? 17th-century Ottoman explorer Evliya Çelebi claimed as much, though we may have to take his descriptions with a grain of salt. Between August 1672 … Continue reading A “Jabri” madhhab of the early modern Sudan?

Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History

By Kristina L. Richardson Allow me to share a factoid about Toni Morrison’s (1931-2019) little known connection to Islamic historians. She grew up in Lorain, Ohio, with her younger cousin John Ralph Willis (1938-2007), who carried the name of their grandfather, a violinist named John Solomon Willis. The cousins forged separate paths as adults, only … Continue reading Toni Morrison, John Ralph Willis, and Black Muslim History